Wharton Stories

“One of the reasons I love Wharton is because the School truly places value on experiences, and where education lies in those experiences.” – Ryan Torres, W’25

How Determination, Critical Thinking Helped This Wharton Undergrad Cycle the World’s Highest Volcano

“I’m excited to bring more of what I’m learning at Wharton to the Make the World Better Foundation (MTWB) to refine our community building process and share it with other cities around the country.” – Connor Barwin, WG’23

Connor Barwin, WG’23, on the Intersection of the NFL, Wharton, and Making the World a Better Place

“I wanted to scale my impact to help more girls find home in both athletics and the world of adventuring at large. Here, at Wharton, I’m finding ways to do just that.” – Deeya Bajaj WG’23

How Climbing Mount Everest Led This Advocate for Girls’ Sports to Pursue A Wharton MBA

“Penn is a shockingly supportive place for an adventure like this. The plethora of resources for the whole community is staggering. If they can’t get something directly, the second-degree connections will take care of it. It surprised me in the best way possible.” – Ryan Torres W’25

Undergraduate to Cycle World’s Highest Volcano to Raise Funds for Cycling Access

“Being surrounded by people that I considered highly successful and ambitious motivated me. When I entered that environment, I realized it was something I had been searching for all along.” -CJ Gottuso, WG’21

Different Needs for Different Breeds: How These Wharton Alumni are Disrupting the Dog Food Industry

“Networking after earning an MBA is what it’s all about. You never know what personal connections or business opportunities can be made over a dinner discussion. Being able to reunite in person is incredibly impactful, especially after these past few years of Zooming. Our alumni were over the moon to see each other again.” – Cathy Molony, Director of Alumni Engagement for Philadelphia & San Francisco and Program Director, Philadelphia

Reimagining the Future at the Wharton MBA Program for Executives Alumni Reunion 2022

“Natives at Penn is a very genuine and welcoming community. It is a small, tight knit group; and there, I felt comfortable enough to be vulnerable.” – Lauren McDonald

Two Native American Undergraduates Thrive at Wharton and in Business Education

The 1Gen Club was founded by two friends who wanted to grow community, allyship, advocacy, and mentorship opportunities for first-gen, limited-income students at Wharton.

Building a Community for First-Generation, Low-Income Students

M&T grad Adya Aggarwal, W’22, EAS’22, shares impactful courses and opportunities from her time at Penn.

Innovative Classes Helped This Recent Wharton Grad Get the Most Out of Penn

“Transitioning from the military to business school can be a daunting process. Members of the Wharton Veterans Club made it their priority not just to see me succeed in my Wharton application, but to succeed in transitioning out of the military.” — Bing Bing Xie, WG’24

Meet the Wharton Veterans Club